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Thursday, December 25, 2014

#diARyofaGoOgleDad- #3 (The Learners!)



So this Christmas day, the Emperor of the Daniels' dynasty turns 6months, so i will dedicate this installment of the series to Nigel the one on whom this entire series is based and the many readers who keep gingering me for more...lol.
So in my last piece of the #diARyofaGoOgleDad #2 of a google dad i said i was going to share the story of how God saved my family from the Negligence of some medical practitioners. 

The thing is, some of these people are negligent not because they haven't been properly trained but because they tend to be over familiar with medical procedures that they trivialize things, they are over worked or they generally lack motivation. After my wife was wheeled into the O.R for the Caesarian i said i found a way to keep an eye on them despite my being locked out. while she was laid on the table i noticed all the activity and stylish delay all cos the Epidural had to be administered. Enter the maniacal and negligent midwife/ nurse who i had earlier picked a fight with for some comment and behaviour she displayed while my wife was in labour first i need to mention that the hospital in question is a very very good hospital in Ikoyi, and that this same hospital offers services as afar as Helivacs/Air Lifts of critical cases to other countries. So the question of why we didn't go abroad shouldn't matter at this point cos without Health insurance abroad there was no way i could afford all that at that point in any country. 
So back to the midwife- after uttering a few words in pidgin- 'abeg no shake o!' she stabs my wife in the spine with the Epidural injection, fortunately for her i didn't see that 'cos she was behind the gurney with my wife on it which was by now standing at steep angle. But i heard my wife scream 'take it easy madam'. at this point i must have been boiling small small. But so as not to distract them i managed to keep my cool and then the Doctors started after a few minutes they discovered after cutting through that the chord had wrapped round my son's neck which we didn't know. if only we had insisted on a 3D scan during labour we would have found out. and of course our genius Drs. (4 of them by the way) didn't think to suggest or check. Thank God she wasn't forced to keep pushing as  it would have been a different story.

Dear Husbands/Men if you have the stomach for it,- NEVER EVER! leave your wife alone in the hands of any Dr. whether Nigerian or Foreign. Keep an eye on them however you can. I said this before and i would say it again: These doctors will cover for each other to protect the Hospital from law suits as evidenced by one of our doctors. Their business means a lot more to them than the lives they are trained to preserve.
So after about 17mins in the O.R i heard a light cry of my son at that point i was scared and didn't know how to process the feeling. I was also deeply worried about my wife too. Nigel was brought out by the Pediatrician and taken to the resuscitation room at that point i went after her to observe her pump out the fluids from his system and clean him up. 

Just a few months before that day my wife shared a story of a close friend of hers who lost her baby because the pediatrician wasn't on ground to resuscitate and suck out the fluids. Think of how painful that is- for a woman to carry a baby for 9months/ or even less and then lose it to senseless unprofessionalism. so this story was on my mind when i stuck with the Pediatrician as she did her thing, after two tries she handed over to a very nice young nurse who by now i had developed a rapport with. I begged her to do the suction thing one more time to be double sure there were no fluids left and she did, cleaned him up and dressed him. I finally got my chance to hold my son.  That was Heaven! if there was ever a point where i was at my weakest and 'humblestest' lol it was that moment. At that moment i had a new level of appreciation for how awesome God is. That he sees us through such a fragile state to adulthood with or without support is simply amazing. So i held my son for the first time even before his mom got a chance to, which wasn't fair anyways but hey what about Grace is fair...lol and then the google parenthood began. About 15minutes later my wife was also wheeled out of the O.P shivering heavily which had me concerned, i would later find out from her and HealthTap that the Epidural does that to the body.

For two straight days my son and wife didn't Eat after birth partly cos my wife was really wiped out by the procedure and all the meds. The guys at google HQ would testify that that in the 3 hours after my son was born somebody with a certain IP made extreme use of their servers. Cos after all i had seen i could no longer just take anything the doctors said without verifying from Google and Healthtap.

What lessons can you learn all this today?
1. Certification doesn't always guarantee Professionalism. Stay on your minders.
2. Never allow frustrated or tired looking Doctors/Nurses/Midwives near you or your family members, thats how many people have died at hospitals
3. Again double check everything you are told. Get a second opinion.
4. get some medical apps on your phones like 'HealthTap' it might come in handy.

Next time i will share the 6month journey from leaving the hospital, the sleepless nights, my sons appetite and more. Thank you for reading along.

- @gozzim




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Janette-ikz & EzeKiEL- SpOkeN wORd aRtistes frOM the U.S on HoLyHolla

I haven't been opportune to post anything in a while. Things have been moving really fast especially as the year comes to an end. Over the weekend, on our Sunday morning radio show-HOLYHOLLA we had some international spoken word artistes in the studio and our home based Elder- SoklevaHuges of the RooftopMCs, Protek and Ambassage. here are pictures from their visit and an audio Podcast of the show this week. I have also made it available as a free download, i hope you enjoy it like we did while taping it.

- @gozzim


 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NeNe SoUL diVA was on HoLyHolla recently..




so Arthur and I (hosts of your favorite morning show HolyHolla) got the chance to interview the very talented Nene Soul Diva on our show and it was a very inspiring session. In this interview she talks about Her near death experience Dying and the impact of that experience on her life and ministry. I hope you enjoy it like we did and more importantly that you learn from it.


Listen and let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

- @gozzim

Friday, November 21, 2014

#bEiNspiReD- hOw UbER bUiLt a MuLti BillioN dOLLAr bUsiNess in 5yrs










Founded in 2009, Uber is a ride sharing service with Head Quarters in San Francisco. The company was founded by Travis Kalanick & Garette Camp and is now worth about $18.2B after its last round of funding.
In just 5years, the company has positioned itself strategically to serve the world. Uber is what you call a text book case Disruptor. Not just in terms of the generation of founders and users involved by with respect to the amount of protests around the world thier business has sparked. You know you are a disruptor when traditional communities begin to kick against your business activities. 

Taxi Drivers in Germany, France and England have staged fierce protests against Uber because they claim the company uses unfair business practices and endanger the lives of its customers. How? i wonder, but for the unfair business practices i totally get that since Uber with its technology and service spares us the exorbitant prices from traditional cabbies.

The company  initially founded as Ubercabs, uses an iOS & Android based application to connect customers with potential pre-certified drivers and cars. The App was launched a year after and the company and has since raised capital in a series of funding deals with angel investors totaling about $11B.
















Uber has faced regulatory opposition so far from Belgium, canada, Australia, Germany, India, Philippines and the United Kingdom, and the general bones of contention for them has always had to do with the disadvantage the service puts on Local taxi operators. In this brief piece i would like to share 10 things you didn’t know about Uber:

1. Uber has a 3 employee per city policy it operates in meaning that if for example it operates in 6 Nigerian cities, it has 18 employees. ( Lesson: Keep your overheads down)

2. Uber was founded by a college dropout Travis Kalanick & ‘StumbleUpon’ founder Garrett Camp. ( Lesson: a Degree can be a self imposed limitation or a key to a bigger picture)

3. Uber rates its users which is weird considering that customer care is usually the other way round.
( Lesson: may be you don’t need ever client, some customers will destroy your business if you let them)

4. Uber offers free rides and heavy discounts for new and existing customers.
(Lesson: Everybody likes freebies, it builds product loyalty)

5. All ├╝ber drivers get new iPhones

6. Uber has a no cash policy (Lesson: Plug potential financial leaks especially if you are in a mass market business)

7. Every time you patronize Uber you send money out of the country 

8. Uber doesn’t own any cars, it serves more as a broker ( Lesson: why buy it when you can borrow it and make money off of it?)

9. You will never find Uber branding on the UberBlack cars ( Lesson: most customers appreciate secrecy and discretion)

10. Drivers get paid seven days after you have taken your trip after the money has been re routed through an Uber bank account in Amsterdam, then to the US at Wells Fargo.

Overall i think there are global smart business practices to learn from this company. The first step to building a global brand is to have a great and grand idea first then through a process of 'Glocalization' adapting your great idea to local communities you have to operate in.  I hope you get to work on that fabulous idea and remember that the best time to start that business is now.


- @gozzim
sources: wikipedia, IndiaTimes


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#diARyofaGoOgleDad- #2 (The Welcome!)





This is my third attempt at writing a second installment. I did try to write last on a flight back to Lagos last week but there were just too many distractions. 
So in my previous post i mentioned that you could never be fully prepared for bringing a child into the world not even if you had all the money in the world saved. I recall a conversation i had with IK sometime last year in his car about children, paying, school fees and bills, and how much sense it made to start saving in anticipation of having babies after marriage. That conversation would have made much more sense sense if Nigeria were not so much a peculiar country.

So here we were after 9months of adapting to the psychological and physical changes my wife was experiencing we were almost there. Between visits to a very outspoken Indian Gynecologist and an Elderly Mischievous Nigerian Gynecologist, my wife had no short supply of physical observations to tender, chief of which were her weakening pelvic bones (we had since found out from the internet that it was totally normal). we eventually made it to the 24th of June, at which point my wife was a little over 9months. We had developed a private joke where i called her a 'kidnapper' for holding my son hostage in the oven and not letting him out...lol. 

So that morning we visited the Doctor to get a final verdict, this was only after we had been earlier advised to wait 2weeks for the process to begin naturally. There was still no sign, no broken water, nothing. I was beginning to get worried so while at the Drs. i flipped out my phone and clicked on the HealthTap app on my iPhone to double check some of the medical mumbo jumbo this Dr. was 'spewing'. After that day's consultation we were advised to go get her stuff (which we had already been driving around with for months) and come back later in the evening for her labour to be induced. Little did i know this was me being ushered into a new realm of fear and uncertainty i had never ever experienced.

Don't get me wrong, over the years i seem to have developed a thick skin, call it intentional stubbornness, the things that tend to terrify people hardly ever makes a dent in my Armour of courage but mehn i had no idea. So that evening we went back to the hospital and i felt like my anxiety switch had been flipped on prematurely. 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm nothing then shortly after the nurses walked in and put in some lines and then more waiting till late at night. 
At about 2am i was called that it was time and my wife had to be wheeled to the delivery room so we went down the elevator, I changed into a surgical robe and went in then the mathematical Drs and their crude Dilation calculation techniques came in..lol (wasn't particularly easy for me to watch them measure..). I had seen too many women freak out during labour in movies, and husbands pass out, ever so brave i refused to be any of those men but deep down i had died maybe like 432 times already..lol. That morning of the 25th of June was the day i realized how strong my wife was. I knew she was hard, being a former karate student but this was different. In the next delivery room a woman also in labour constantly screamed and made prophetic declarations to her unborn child to come out, my wife was almost calm ..well she was every 3mins after each contraction but all through it was more moans than screams. I began to worry that the other screaming woman would transmit fear to my wife through the walls. 
My wife had one basic rule in that delivery room. DON'T TOUCH ME! (especially during contractions). 2 of the 3 doctors who checked up on her learned that rule the hard way. I went in to that room initially half expecting to be yelled at and insulted by her during the pain, but na lie o she was even too happy to see me there through the pain when she could actually see...lol.

So for over 14hrs my wife remained in Labour, and i was up by her side all through it all, i was pretty much emotionally destroyed by the 10th hour. For someone like me who had witnessed the gore of spilled brain matter and intestines after cult clashes as a student, i thought that maybe prepared me for this but i was so wrong. After prolonged labour the lead doctor made a decision for a Cesarean to be done at that point i just wanted my Wife and Child out of this situation alive. My wife was immediately wheeled into the theatre  and the medical personnel fearing that i couldn't stand the procedure refused to let me in.

Unfortunately for them i was too emotionally vested to not have eyes on them, so once i observed they were all in the Theater I found a vantage position between one of the doors and began to peek through partly 'cos i was very paranoid and refused to give room for any negligence from them. That was the first part of this ordeal.. 
in my next post i will detail how God saved us from a certain negligent maniac in the theatre and how i found the strength to stay on the Pediatrician after my son was brought out. 
I hope you keep reading and the most important lesson of this post is:

"Never leave anything to chance, during Pregnancy/childbirth. Research everything you hear from the Drs. and know the whys and the Hows and Women ensure you have a loved one around through all this cos as i learned, these Drs. will cover for each other and the hospital to the detriment of the patient. 
I would like to know your thoughts on this post in the comments box below. Thank you for reading.

- @gozzim

Thursday, November 6, 2014

#diARyofaGoOgleDad- #1 (meEt NiGeL)

Its been exactly 4months & 12 days since I became a dad for the first time (its also kind of hard for me to to imagine what life was before this little emperor arrived, like how did we survive without him?) and since then i have contemplated if writing about my experiences as a first time dad is even a wise  and safe choice. 
For a while my wife and i decided she would do the writing about our experiences but for some reason i guess she has had her hands full. My interest in writing about these experiences is not just because ours is a peculiar case of parenthood, but that it occurred to us that we are in a culture that provides support from Family members and parents after child birth, but in our case we have had almost no elderly support or 'Omugwo' as people from the Eastern parts of Nigeria call it, why? Both our biological moms are late.

My wife Dammz & the Emperor of the Daniels' Dynasty

























The little we know about the right things to do in caring for a new born has been through Google, YouTube, friends and the few experienced & elderly people around us, Hence the title of this series.

This journey started late last year when my humble self scored... well the news of a baby in the human oven didn't seem so overwhelming for me like some said it would, since in my mind i had prepped even before marriage, but you see sometimes its not about your plans but about what God's big picture for your life is. 
I knew our lives and routines were about to change forever, my wife had to stay away from Caffeinated drinks (Coke & co ...lol), I had to drive her to and from work everyday which wasn't a bad experience fast forward 8months and hundreds of Google searches and Dr. Appointments later we had to start driving around town with several bags in the trunk. I have to hand it to my wife at this point, that is one very strong woman. All through the pregnancy, she never fell ill once, save for the gradual softening of her bones and the kicks she had to endure. That whole 9month experience opened me up to a new level of deep respect for women. 

I haven't said anything here some don't already know but the things i will reveal in subsequent posts under the same title about our experiences might help some upcoming parents better prepare for such a time. That said please understand that you can never ever be fully prepared for this life changing experience no matter how hard you try its okay to just do your best, attend your appointments, take the necessary drugs and precautions (for women) and hope and pray for the best. In my next post i will share some details of how i watched my wife for 13hours in labor and how God protected us from the negligence of some people. till next time let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

- @gozzim

tHe nEw pLan

I haven't had the chance to put in a new posts for some time now, the fact that i am not super human means i can't handle all the business that comes to me and stay consistent sometimes.. lol 
So i have come up with a plan to keep my posts consistent every week. Hence forth i will be blogging under the following categories/tags every week:

1. #dOiT - motivational posts that call for action.
2. #bEiNspiRed - inspirations stories about successful individuals who came from nothing.
3. #diAryofaGoogleDAddy - my challenges and experiences as a first time dad learning to deal with developmental situations of my son.
4. #BigScreenBuff - my interest in the big screens, happenings would come alive here..
5. I will also have generals posts and #podcasts from my Sunday morning radio show with Arthur on Rhythm93.7fm (Lagos), and random creative videos that catch my eye, and political and social commentary.

I do hope you find this personal experiences and posts interesting enough to share and keep coming back. Have a fantastic weekend.

- @gozzim

Thursday, October 30, 2014

dO bRanDinG the #ShareaCoke wAy















Yesterday i was privileged to attend a summit on branding at the Intercontinental Hotel. The seminar had leading Communication and Marketing Execs from the Banks, Major Online companies,  and more and for me it was a 50-50 experience partly, not too many new things were said for me, I also probably got irritated at the fact that some of the presentations were just half researched scripts off the internet. This brought me to one conclusion, 'We still have a lot to learn about the concept of branding' as we are yet to scratch the surface of branding in country. I decided to use a case study of a recent Cocacola campaign (#ShareaCoke) to educate some aspiring entrepreneurs on how best to build a global brand-
Cocacola, the world’s most recognizable brand has been around for about 125yrs. It is also the 3rd most valuable brand w/ a brand value of $54.9B behind Apple and Google.
with over 500 brands across 200 countries, the company has a market cap. of $177.89B as of this morning and with a staff strength of over 136,000 the current CEO is Muhtar Kent.

without going into too much history, let me share a little about a recent campaign they embarked on  which they titled #shareacoke. 
In 1881 Cocacola barely sold just 9 bottles, fast forward to 2010, they sold 1.6Billion bottles, the #shareacoke campaign basically involved exchanging the world’s most recognizable brand with  popular consumer names. In other words the company through a process of co-creation worked with fans to create personalized versions of the coke bottles with their names on it.

The "Share a Coke" campaign was first launched in Australia in 2011, with the local executives and the ad agency Ogilvy coming up with the idea. Before then,  about 50% of teenagers and young adults had not tasted a coke in Australia. since then the campaign has spread to over 70 countries. The  campaign was a clever and bold attempt at brand ‘co-creation’. This campaign had mass personalized product, consumer involvement, implementation timing (summer) and social and offline strategies as its major strengths. Though this campaign was largely successful and helped boost sales it made some consumers unhappy (especially because they were made to feel inadequate because their names were not deemed popular enough to make the cut), it was also costly to implement according to some sources. The company hasn't come out with an official figure for the cost of the campaign.

In Australia alone- 5 agencies, 25 risk assessment meetings, 4000hrs of talking to Cocacola Armadale stake holders, 4weeks to find the machine that could print the names on the can, 225 trademark searches, 2,302 artworks are just some of the resources that had to be invested to make the campaign come alive just in Australia. After more than 10yrs of steady decline in sales, sources say turnover is up 2.5% from this campaign. Cocacola had an Ad budget of $3.3B in 2013 and has decided to increase its budget by 1B in the next 3yrs. lets take a look at some of the direct benefits this campaign had on the brand-

-Online- over 29,000 online posts, 12million media impressions, and Cocacola Facebook traffic was up 870%
-Offline- Free Press & ample word of mouth
-There is no doubt the campaign humanized the brand & gave teens a positive impression about cocacola. In summary the #shareacoke campaign had key underlying attributes:

1. sharing
2. Measurability
3. Personalization/Relationship

So for aspiring entrepreneurs i felt the need to use this campaign as a case study to help us build generational global brands instead. First of all we all need to come to the realization that global brands are no longer in the business of managing perceptions in branding but managing meaning. So here are 5 lessons from the campaign we can all adopt to build our global brands:

1. Have a clear vision and Message of your brand for your team and the world.
2. Engage your customer base via Co-Creation to help build a stronger brand
3. Design your brands ideology to be global and then localize your brand expression for each location you operate in.
4. Let all your chosen brand visualizations tell the story of your company.
5. Deliver on your brand promises no matter the costs.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, kindly let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.


- @gozzim

Sources: Adweek, Youtube, Cocacola, Interbrand



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

mOrE wEsteRn EboLA frenzy

In this very interesting video about Ebola, Howard Russell, makes light of the frenzy, ignorance and fear Americans and the western world generally are dealing with. This video only goes to prove that their has to be a lot more orientation about this disease and how it spreads.
The level of ignorance is alarming even among prominent government officials.


-@gozzim

Monday, October 27, 2014

In this week's Podcast..




-@gozzim

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SavE tHe DatE & make plans to #tunein




MakiNg eBoLa tHe gOLden gOOsE!

7 days ago i posted a piece about people and companies who were making a killing from the Ebola outbreak. It turns out our number two on that list Jon Schultz (owner of various disease domains like 'ebola.com', 'birdflu.com' and 'H1N1.com') did make a killing yesterday after he sold the Ebola.com domain name to a Russian owned company called 'Weed Growth Fund' for over $200,000 approximately 33,400,000 Naira. According to his SEC filing, Mr. Schulz received in cash the sum of $50,000 and 19,192 stocks in a company called Canabis Sativa Inc. a company owned and managed by former New Mexico governor. Jon Schultz who initially bought the ebola.com domain name for $13,500 was initially hoping to sell the domain name to a pharmaceutical company for around $150,000 but went with the Weed Growth Fund company. Any business that nets you 1481% profit has to be good business right??

But would you say this is really good and ethical business? let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.

- @gozzim
sources: Verge, SEC, google images

Friday, October 24, 2014

iTs a BiRd, oH no iTs gOOgLe's V.P
























meet Dr. Alan Eustace, Google's V.P for knowledge and the only man crazy enough to jump and free fall 135, 908feet. He set a world record today. I have just one word to describe him- 'BALLZ' if thats even a real word. It may not be a big deal to some until you remember that commercial airplanes fly most of their journey at 30,000 feet.

- @gozzim

Thursday, October 23, 2014

tHe aNtoine FuQua stoRy- #bEiNspiRed


Antoine Fuqua- Actor, Producer, & Director- photo credit LA Times















Today i would like to share an interesting and inspiring story about someone i believe to be one of the most consistent, but underrated film directors in the world.

Meet Antoine Fuqua, a very talented but also very creative Director, Producer & Actor. You may not recognize him or even have heard his name before but i am certain you have seen his work. Training Day, The Replacement Killer(1998), Shooter (2007), King Arthur(2014), Brooklyn's Finest(2010), Olympus has fallen(2013) & recently The Equalizer  (2014)  are just some of the movies Antoine has directed in addition to directing music videos for Tony Braxton, Prince, Stevie Wonder (Find your love, 1995), Usher(Bedtime, ver. 2), Lil Wayne (Mirror, 2011), and wait for it Coolio (Ganster's paradise, 1995) yeah! He also has a few TV Commercials to his credit which include: Pirelli Tires (The Call, 2006), Reebok, Toyota, Armani.. I could go on and on but you see what i mean by 'underrated'

I found his story particularly inspiring, because like him, a lot of us started our chosen career paths with nothing. He used his 'lack' as fuel and motivation to make something out his his life. 
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the 19th of January 1966, He credits his big break and turning point to getting Shot at the age of 15-(Did i hear you say weird? keep reading..). Yes at 15 he got shot on the streets and he says that pushed him to stay away from the streets and engage in everyday activities like going to the movies and playing basketball. This probably set him on his artistic course.

Before long he landed a Basketball scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at the West Virginia University, He did not graduate- (Lesson: though a degree gives you some level of social standing and job market leverage, it doesn't determine all you can be in Life, because if you lack the strength to impose your terms on Life, then you deserve the terms Life imposes on you). 

His first major influence in directing was from Akira Kurosama, the director of 7th Samurai, shortly after he put his rent money into a short film called 'Exit' a story about a drug dealer and his illusions of Stigma and suicide. He sent it out to major record labels who didn't know what to make of it. Not long after that, he got a call from the legendary Jerry Bruckheimer who invited him to make a music video with Coolio, for a movie he was working on. He recalls being sent on coffee runs by people he was supposed to be meeting who mistook him for a production assistant and who didn't realize he was the director presumably because he was black. 
His fire comes from the believe that sometimes unfortunate things happen to people in Life, you have to take those experiences and use them as leverage to propel yourself to your dreams and not go backwards. Burn that bridge behind you so the only way for you is forward, Believe in yourself, Open up your mind to better ways of doing things.

Antoine Fuqua is married to Lela Rochon also an actor. He currently has an estimated net-worth of about $18,000,000. He says if he wasnt a film maker, he would be in some Government Military organization. He hates the 'black' label some media people attach to his personality or achievement. He feels that movie making should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that movies like 'Soul Plane' keep dragging us back down. 
..lol

What would you say has marked your turning point or biggest leverage in your career that has propelled you to an even greater path?  let me know in the comment box. thank you for reading along.

- @gozzim
sources: MyFirstBigBreak, Wikipedia, IMDB, bbc.co.uk

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

50k PluS tHaNk YoUs..
















If you have been reading my posts for some time, you would recall i produce and cohost your favorite sunday morning show on Rhythm93.7fm. A few weeks ago we celebrated our first anniversary on the radio show HOLYHOLLA. its been 56 weeks of exciting and inspiring experiences and an evolution from one good news to the other.  

This time your favorite Sunday morning show is celebrating over fifty thousand follows on google plus. We have continued to grow exponential growth on that platform and we have you all to thank. We hope to keep bringing you inspiring guests on the show and help you straighten & grown your spiritual life. 

If you haven't yet, please follow us on twitter @holyholla, Facebook.com/holyholla, or Google plus- google.com/+holyhollaradio. 
Finally you can find most audio podcasts of our previous episodes here- www.hulkshare.com/swagcraft 

- @gozzim

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LeCraE iNteRviEw..

In this on air interview with Rosenberg, Ebro & Laura at Hot97fm, Lecrae talks about his life, coming up, getting molested as a kid and his preference for practical christianity.

I found this interview particularly inspiring because in a world of ever increasing secularity and christianity and religion seem to be the new immorality, people like Lecrae with their real life experiences and open minded approach to spreading the gospel end up reaching a lot more people.
You would recall that a few weeks ago, Lecrae had the number one Album on the Billboard charts for about 3weeks. If you want the world to pay attention to your gospel speak a language they can understand.

These days once you start out a convo with you love for christ people put up mental defenses. it has become apparent that in this present age ample tact is required to spread the gospel. Look to share & care before you preach have a wonderful weekend.


-@gozzim

Credit: Hot97FM Youtube

TRiPLee on His bRand of RaP..

i couldnt resist the urge to post this video of rapper Triplee. a christian, pastor and a rapper he explains his perspective of the kind of christianity he subscribes to. Not want to be boxed in just so that a wider audience can enjoy the gospel he preaches. I hope you enjoy it like i did.



- @gozzim
credit. BET

Friday, October 17, 2014

mAkiNg a KiLLinG oFF of #Ebola

















Some people sure know how to make a living off of people's fears. for those who truly understand the concept of capitalism, its easy to understand why people make money either in an uptrend or downtrend, and in good times or bad times. There is alway money to be made. But before i make my point i would like to state expressly that i am in no way endorsing any of these individuals i am about to mention.

Ebola was discovered about 38yrs ago and since then there hadn't been a worldwide course for concern until now, especially after the full on outbreak in West Africa and subsequent exportation to the western world. 
It makes logical sense that after several decades of discovery there ought to have been a vaccine or even an outright cure for this disease, but not everything about business is logical. Global Pharmaceutical companies simply did not see viability in developing treatments for a disease that was just a flash in the pan and particularly confined to a certain part of the world until now.

From ZMAPP to all other forms of potential cures/vaccines there is no short supply of 'geniuses' world over claiming to have a cure, after all there is money to be made right. Allow me share 3 cases of shrewd business people and a company that have and will make a killing over the real effects of the Ebola outbreak.

1. Meet Todd Spinalle, currrently making a killing with his FDA unapproved anti Ebola wafers. this utterly ridiculous jerk claims his wafers are a food supplement with about 544% of Vitamin C and his 'EBOLA-C' wafers can prevent or make customers immune to Ebola. Another classic case of preying on people's fears. Spinelli has so far sold 14,000 units of his poison at $34.95 each. Fear is money!

2. Meet John Schulz a cyber squatter who specializes in buying Disease domains. He owns the domain 'Ebola.com' which he bought for $13,500. He is looking to sell that domain to a pharmaceutical company for $150,000 (its business don't take it personal). According to him the domain name already has at least 5000 hits per day just from curious visitors. Schulz previously owned 'birdflu.com', 'fukushima.com' and 'terror.com'. Foresight does pay!

3. Finally a company called 'Giant Microbes' that makes stuffed toys claim to have sold out their stuffed Ebola Virus toys. This company apparently had created long ago stuffed versions of the HIV virus, Gonorrhea, and Herpes. I guess they would claim it was for instructional purposes, which ever way in their case a Teacher's prop maker's reward is right here in the midst of the Ebola outbreak. lol

Lets not forget manufacturers of disposable Hazmat suits which in the last few weeks has become a massive hit. If you invested in a publicly quoted company that manufactures these you would be a boss right now. Especially since health regulators advice Drs. change these 7 times daily.

I guess depending on how you choose to see it certain principles hold irrespective of location and social constraints. The principles of Demand and Supply, or sowing and reaping will never fail even in some extreme cases as seen in Gen. 26:14 where Isaac sowed in the midst of famine and reaped a 100 fold. I guess the world would never run out of ways for people to make a living either legally or illegally.

So do you think people like Todd Spinalle or John Schulz qualify as legal business men? let me know your thoughts in the comments box below.

- @gozzim
credits: mediaitedotcom

Thursday, October 16, 2014

hApPy biRtHdaY Mr. HuGhes (SOKLEVA)..


In celebration of Mr. Hughes of the RooftopMC's birthday, whom i like to refer to as Elder, i would like to share this video. For over a decade Sokleva Hughes and his band mate Snatcha have showed us a different side of the faith walk through their sweet sounds. You are deeply appreciated and i Pray for many more grace filled years for you. Have a good one!



#HOLYHOLLATOP5 this week..




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

thEsE CoMpaNieS wiLL pAy yOU to Not hAve kiDs.. yEt!

picture courtesy The Sunday Times, U.K

















some call it technological advancement, but i find it particularly baffling that the world is becoming even more at peace with the idea of suspended Motherhoods. Last night i read on NBCnews.com website that two tech giants: Facebook & Apple have programs that allow female personnel to get paid for freezing their eggs. Yes! you read that right 'FREEZING EGGS'.

To put this in perspective, what this entails basically is that people are getting incentives to put career building ahead of child bearing. So say you work for a great company and you are looking to build a career by staying relevant to the company without the 'burden' of motherhood, both companies now offer up to $20,000 to women under the Fertility/Surrogacy benefits program of their individual companies.

I think the world is going mad a lot faster than it should. This constant need to do away with the natural order of things is becoming quite too much for me to bear. According to that NBC article, freezing eggs doesn't come cheap at about $10,000 per round and a $500 annual storage fee this whole endeavor seems to be a potential goldmine for the medical industry.

But here is my problem with this way of thinking, as the Millennials keep coming up with these 'bright' ideas i wonder sometimes if they ever stop to consider long term consequences, or if they realize that for as long as humans are involved anything could go wrong. soon some cotton wool brained scientist will come up with the idea of implanting human embryo in animals. 

I think this idea is stupid especially for women who have no challenges with conception or cancer, but then again it all kind of makes you wonder if freezing eggs isn't better than aborting babies career women never planned to have. 
The blessings of the Lord makes one rich but He adds no sorrow with it. God is the only inventor who creates fully aware of all possible consequence. Humans will never get to that point, the best we can do is fix consequences as they appear. While it may be convenient for career women to freeze their eggs and have long careers, you cannot deny the fact that the risks of fertilizing deformed eggs still exist or that there are crazy scientists who wont hesitate to experiment on humans.

- @gozzim

Monday, October 13, 2014

tHe aLBum & tHe tWiNs..



















Last night i received with great excitement news that TY Bello put twins to bed in the U.S. 
You would recall that about three days ago she put out her sophomore album after so many years of waiting and to be honest i am gently easing into the the awesomeness of that album. 

TY Bello has given so much of her self either through photography or through music one way or the other, but i must say that even though i am yet to meet her in person she has had some positive influence on me especially with regards to my perception of God's sovereignty. I pray that God grants her the grace to be the be the perfect Mother, and Wife. Just incase you haven't downloaded or listened to her new album please visit her website- www.tybello.com or do that below. Kindly let me know your thoughts on the album as i would be featuring some of these tracks on my sunday morning show on rhythm fm- HOLYHOLLA

- @gozzim

HOLYHOLLA Podcast #54 with Modele




kindly leave your comments below after listening and follow on twitter at the handle below.

- @gozzim

Friday, October 10, 2014

dOoRs..















Imagine for a minute that your mind is a heavily guarded (skull) fortress with various entrances (eyes, nose, ears, etc..). Also imagine that your very existence and quality of Life, depended on how well you develop and protect this very mind.

When you think about it, every possible man made convenience from Aircrafts, to something as simple as a spoon, to the tallest skyscrapers on earth; these were once a product of some innovative mind. Everything in existence were once intangible in the human mind so much so that a persistent belief in the possibility of its existence pushed individual inventors to bring  these things to life.

What exactly do you believe about yourself?
What kind of thoughts do you encourage?

Indeed whatever the mind can conceive, the hand can achieve, for the fact that your very mind could it is enough evidence of the inherent possibilities.
You are and will forever be the architect of your own fortune or worse - misfortune. The God given power to make choices is what ensures that in addition to His freely give grace to excel in Life we have to make conscious efforts to make a difference in every situation we find ourselves. So every chance you get to develop your mind or shield it from any form of social trauma enough to make a difference in Life should be embraced. Guard your thoughts with all diligence..

-@gozzim

#HOLYHOLLATop5 tHis WeeK- 5tH OcT. 2014




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

tHiS sUNdAy (12th Oct. 2014) on #HolyHolla..

we host the amazing Modele on our show..




JuMokE ADenOwo, rEdefiNes beiNg dRiveN..

Mrs. Jumoke Adenowo 2nd from right, Gozzim extreme left, Diddy, and Arthur




Last sunday we played host to a very inspiring woman who has thrived in a male dominated profession. Mrs Jumoke Adenowo, a spectacular architect, business woman, wife, mother and founder of AD Consulting, Awesome Treasures and the convener of the National Women's prayer Summit, has been and continues to be an inspiration to young people and women generally. She has been a conference speaker at the Harvard Business School (African Business Conference), London Business School and her events have inspired over 50,000 individuals within and outside Nigeria. This very driven woman came on our sunday morning show and she had a lot to say. I hope you enjoy this podcast.

- @gozzim



Friday, October 3, 2014

#HOLYHOLLATOP5 this week..

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

tHis SuNDaY..




LiViNg oN bORRoWeD tiME

Some mornings i wake up feeling like i'm living on borrowed time. Well maybe i am 'cos these days it all seems like one minute you are making jokes with friends and then the next minute you read from on a blog that your friend is gone. 
There has to be more in this Life than just subsistence. Yeah i said that, no matter how much wealth you have amassed for yourself or are hoping to amass, if you haven't given any thought & action to how much that wealth will touch or change the lives of people in your sphere of contact (and not just your family) you are just subsisting.
I have come to learn that 'our time here on earth is indeed a transaction'. You have breathe in exchange for a chance to live a life of impact using your gifts as a means of basic exchange and a chance at Eternal Investment. A typical scenario:

You are a gifted singer, somehow you rise to fame and become a world renowned pop icon, and the big bucks roll in faster than you can spend it, Yes! you have arrived but there is indeed a lot more that you can do than buying cars, paying sibling school fees, or even hooking your friends up. The best courses are the ones that outlive you and your gifts. People are dying every second in Liberia, Guinea all from Ebola, perhaps there are communities who before the Epidermic were followers or your music, but these people don't trust the government agencies perhaps adding your voice to that of the government will help them listen to how they can survive this epidermic. Surely having a million followers on social media is not just for bragging rights...

You see it may all seem like 'YOLO' and 'One life to Live' and then death, but i'm sure most doubt that you won't give account of the time you have spent here on earth. So as you go about your activities remember that every second of every day you are privileged to be alive you should constantly seek to exchange that breathe for a life of impact. You only live Once but if you live right Once is enough.

-@gozzim

Thursday, September 11, 2014

iNsiDe aPPLe's rEceNt 'aPPLE wAtcH' LauNch [viDeo]

i can never pass up on an opportunity to share behind the scenes footage of great and global disruptive events. if you have been following my blogs for some time you would understand my affinity for appreciating the amount of work that goes into great events. A few days ago Apple launced its new products: Iphone6, iphone6 plus, and the apple watch. ABC was the only media outfit given backstage access to shoot BHS footage. Here is a 7min video of how things work behind Apple events.

-@gozzim

Monday, September 8, 2014

iD CaBaSa oN hoLyHoLLa



















Yesterday on our sunday morning show @holyholla we had the pleasure of hosting super producer, father, husband and Pastor, Olumide Ogunade popularly known as ID CABASA. In our interview he talks about working with 9ice, Olamide, BankyW. among others. More importantly he talked about being a minister in the market place and living a life of impact amidst all the secularity in the world and his relationship with Pastor Yemi Davies. I found the interview quite inspiring especially since it was a little awkward to picture him in that light. I hope you enjoy our podcast.


- @gozzim

aSa- dEaD aGain [viDeo]

i am in absolute awe! this has to be one of the simplest and most creative videos i have seen all year. I have been a fan of Asa for a long time but this video lends credence to my believe that less will always be more. i hope you enjoy it too like i did.

-@gozzim

Friday, September 5, 2014

bEYoNCE #VMA bEHinD tHe sCeNes

i get excited every chance i get to catch a glimpse into what it takes to make entertainers look so good on stage. The MTV #VMAs 2014 has been relegated to the history pages but some experiences will never be forgotten. Stumbled on the video of Beyonce's behind the scenes before and after her 15minute VMA performance. I hope you enjoy it and even more appreciate the amount of work that goes into her craft. Yeah and she prayed to God not the Free Masons with her crew before the performance. They don't forget so easily where they came from.

- @gozzim

Thursday, September 4, 2014

'tHe Way YoU maKe ME fEEL! (MJ CoVeR by KaWeHi)

The weekend is almost here, but you still gotta live through 2 more days of work. So i thought this very interesting video of Kawehi's cover of Michael jackson's - 'The way you make me feel' might get you in the mood for some work. She baetboxes and records the soundtrack all on her bed then sings. Amazing! Enjoy it.

- @gozzim

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BiG bRotHER hOusE bURns... ShOw pOstPoned

Some hearts are broken as I write this. Why? The most addictive reality show on the continent: BigBrother Africa has been postponed because as things stand, there is no house. Word on the wire is Sesani studios in which the BBA house was built got burnt this evening. The picture below shows firefighters putting out the fire at the studio.

- @gozzim

Monday, September 1, 2014

fREE #PoDcaSts foR you.

in the last 3 weeks i had the privilege of hosting two beautiful women, J'odie & Glowreeyah Braimah, both fantastic vocalist and women after God's heart. i posted the audio podcast of both interviews below for your download and listening pleasure. Enjoy it!
You can also follow my show on twitter @holyholla

- @gozzim

J'odie Interview



Glowreeyah Braimah Interview

jCoLe LiVE @ MiAFest [FULL SET]

Hope y'all had a fab weekend. Welcome to the new month of September. So i saw this video of JCOLE performing at the Made in America Festival, and the live concert promoter in me couldn't resist posting i hope you enjoy watching it like i did.
- @gozzim


J Cole MIA by YardieGoals

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tHe 2014 eMMy's- WiNNeRs List (Pictures)


Yes the Emmys have come and gone. The best part of this year's edition of the Emmys is that it turned out to be a validation of my personal favorites and choices. I must have very good taste in TV shows cos almost every of my favorite TV shows won last night. The biggest winner of the night was Breaking Bad with 5 Emmys. Here is a list of all the winners:

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ty Burrell – Modern Family

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
Louis C.K. – Louie

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Allison Janney – Mom

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Gail Mancuso – Modern Family

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Outstanding Reality Program
The Amazing Race

Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries
Steven Moffat – Sherlock

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries
Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries
Colin Bucksey – Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story

Outstanding Miniseries
Fargo

Outstanding Television Movie
The Normal Heart

Outstanding Writing in a Variety Show
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Outstanding Directing Variety Series
Glenn Weiss – 67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Variety Show
The Colbert Report

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad



Outstanding Director in a Drama Series
Cary Fukunagwa – True Detective

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Writer for a Drama Series
Moira Walley-Beckett – Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan CranstonBreaking Bad


Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad 


Have a wonderful year ahead

- @gozzim

Monday, August 25, 2014

gERmaPhoBes aRise..

















All hail the new generation of Germaphobes Ebola has created!

This morning i decided to make a quick stop at the bank, GTBank to be precise. It was quite presumptuous of me to think i would be in and out in less than 10mins, how wrong i was. At the entrance of that particular branch i noticed a barel of urine looking liquid and it turned out that for me to get into the bank i had to wash my hands with that.

So i asked the security man who had on latex gloves and an infrared thermometer in his right hand what exactly was in the barrel and his response was: "its just chlorine". I laughed knowing that there had to be alot more than chlorine in a mix with that kind of coloring,  I was forced to use it, and discovered it had bleach in it. 

I think this Ebola outbreak has catalyzed a different kind of healthcare revolution that wouldn't have been achieved with a Billion Naira spent on National Orientation ads. From the scarcity of Hand Sanitizers, to the high demand for latex gloves, Hazmat suits and Infra red thermometers, This reminds me of how the seat belt discipline was permanently instilled in Nigerian city drivers.
That, like Ebola started with fear. Only time will tell how sustainable this new level of cleaniness will last, but i must say its a welcome development that we may have reduced in addition to the spread of Ebola the communication of common diseases like colds etc.

Managed Fear may just be the real cure for any outbreak.

-@gozzim

Friday, August 22, 2014

sToP trYinG tO sUppRess God...


twice this week, in an ever changing world with a need to conform to being politically correct, i witnessed two outright declarations against secularity on Satellite TV, precisely on CNN International. First, earlier in the week at the #Ferguson Protests Ron Johnson the man in charge of Security & his colleagues started their press conferences with prayers with a consistent mention of Jesus. A trend that is fast becoming a relic of a lost age.

Secondly, as Dr. Kent Brantley the Samaritan's Purse Doctor who contracted Ebola was discharged haven passed several tests along with his colleague Nancy Writebol. At his discharge Press Conference he ascribed his survival to God, he then went ahead to detail how he refused to lose faith in God and Hope in God's ability to save him.

For a Nation that built its entire economy on spiritual influences the U.S seemed to have strayed from the very Entity that helped them become who they are. Sadly too it is becoming increasingly difficult for christians to practice their faith. I have heard stories of children in school getting punished for opening their Bibles in class. We not now only have to deal with  Islamic Extremists persecuting christians, we now also have to deal with a fast rising secular society that exalts the very things that God speaks against. These things were predicted though, now more than ever we need to be more conscious of the times the signs abound every where, from the legalization of Gay rights (2Tim3:3), to wars in Syria, Ukraine (Matt24:6), Earth quakes (Matt24:7) etc. the end is definitely near. 
I might sound like a broken record telling you to live right and cultivate a healthy relationship with God, but honestly we all have about two choices live right accept Jesus and join him up there when it matters most or get left behind at rapture and slug it out with every force of evil... 
I would leave you to decide if being politically correct and consciously suppressing your conscience pays you in the long run.

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